At Total Pest Solutions, we’ve performed our fair share of termite inspections over the years. While doing these inspections, we’ve noticed a trend regarding where termites love to take over and cause damage. During termite inspections, here are seven places we always check for termites:
1. Attics — Most attics are framed with wood, which is why termites often head straight for this part of a home when they invade. If your home doesn’t have an attic, make sure our pest control professionals check underneath the eaves of your house for termite damage.
2. Pergolas and decks– To keep termites from eating through the wood of your pergola or deck, we recommend having the feature sealed or painted if it isn’t already pressure-treated. When we do termite inspections, one of the main places we look for damage on pergolas and decks is the support beams because these features may have been damaged by termites without notice.
3. Outside– Termites often hide in woodpiles and woodchips surrounding your home. To prevent termite damage, always remove dead trees and limbs from your property promptly.
4. Basements– Basements are prime locations for termites because these sheltered areas are host to wooden joists and support posts. Both of these features also give termites easy access to the subfloor.
5. Crawlspaces–Termites can easily invade crawlspaces because the lack of flooring in these areas makes it simple for these critters to make their way in. To keep termites out of your crawlspace, we suggest covering and sealing its soil floor.
6. Wood furniture — If you have any wood furniture in your house, termites will be attracted to it. If you suspect your home has termites, make sure you check that antique dining table in your front room or your kitchen cabinets for signs of damage.
7. Utility pipes — Even though termites don’t necessarily have wood to gnaw on in utility pipes, these pipes make an excellent entryway for these pests. This is especially true if the pipes run through a foundation wall or floor.